Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina

18
Jul
12

A look at my day Part 2

Today was Day #2 in Durham. This is the one full day I had in the city. After a day of good meetings, we had a fun, secret group activity planned. Funny thing, the way my day started was connected to how it ended.

My day started off, like most others, eating breakfast. I had my meal here at the hotel, and noticed a guy who looked like this guy:


That would be Baseball Hall of Fame member, Ryne Sandberg. You remember him, right? He played second base for the Chicago Cubs. He’s now the Manager for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. I had looked into if the Durham Bulls were in town during this trip, and saw the Iron Pigs were in town.

Anyway, I wrapped up breakfast, grabbed a pen and hotel pad of paper from the front desk and approached the guy. Was it him? Here’s your answer:

Ryne Sandberg autograph! Sweet!

Yep! It was him. I’m glad he was willing to sign, and this will actually go to my son. I’ll hang on to it for a while to keep it in good shape, but it’s his. I won’t lie. That was pretty cool. Meet a Baseball Hall of Famer on a business trip. Not bad.

Fast forward to the evening, after our meetings, we headed to the ball park to watch the Durham Bulls take on the Iron Pigs.

My ticket in!

By the way, Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a great looking stadium. The stadium was designed by the same people that created Camden Yards in Baltimore and Jacobs Field in Cleveland, and Coors Field in Colorado.

Just in case you’re wondering, no, Hideki Matsui didn’t play tonight. He was here during the first half of the year.

Hey-look who’s hanging out on the Home Run Patio.

Here’s the view from the Home Run Patio deck. Not bad seats. Did I mention there was buffet provided?

If you’ve been to this ballpark, you’re probably looking for the obligatory picture of the left field wall. Here you go.

If you look in Center Field, you’ll see this sign.

Another great shot of the DBAP

They even have a kids play area in right field behind the Home Run Patio. Neat area for the kiddos.

This is a great park. If you’re in Durham and the Bulls are in town, stop by and catch a game.

Tomorrow, I head home. I’ve enjoyed Durham, but I’m looking forward to seeing my family again.

Check back tomorrow as I might have a few more pics to post.

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18
Jul
12

A look at my day

I’m traveling for work. Flew out of Columbus (flight was delayed), but I finally made it to Raleigh-Durham Airport. Here’s a look at my day.

Honestly, this post is more for my wife and kids so they can see what I saw, but you can look, too. Go ahead. I’m willing to share.

If you’ve never flown, or wondered what the world looks like at 30,000 feet–here you go.

Nice gathering of clouds. I’m always amazed at the view you can get from that perspective.

Grant-here’s the peanuts you were asking about. Yep, I had some. 🙂

After about an hour in the air, I landed at Raleigh-Durham Airport. This is a nice, smaller airport. I think they had some recent renovations.

Before I could take off, I had to get some wheels.

After i checked into the hotel, I needed a bite to eat. I took a tip from a high school classmate and headed to the Cosmic Cantina for one of their great burritos. These are the steps that lead up to the restaurant.

Welcome to the Cosmic Cantina. It doesn’t look like much, but the food is spectacular!

Dinner for me: Giant chicken burrito with chips and salsa. Think Chipotle…but bigger and better.

It isn’t bragging if you can back it up.

Time was running out, so I had to move fast! Next up-Duke University. I’m not a fan, but if I’m here, I’m going to check it out.

Welcome to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Home of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team. I didn’t see Coach K anywhere. Oh yeah, he’s doing that Olympic thing.

More of Cameron Indoor Stadium. I enjoyed the architecture of the campus. You’ll see more in a few minutes.

Last stop for the evening, Duke University Chapel. This building is impressive.

Another shot of the Chapel up close.

You can’t really see it well, but this is one of the side breezeways of the Chapel. Again, love the architecture.

One last picture looking down one of the breezeways of the Chapel. Very beautiful building.

So that was my day. I’m sure I’ll have some pictures to post of tomorrow’s events, as I believe we’re doing something fun tomorrow night. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my perspective on things for the day!